Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Review: Rebel

Title: Rebel
Author: Amy Tintera
ISBN: 0062217100
Book Genre: YA Dystopian/ Science Fiction
Release Date: May 13th 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Book Source: Edelweiss


Goodreads Synopsis:
The sequel to the action-packed Reboot is a can't-miss thrill ride, perfect for fans of James Patterson, Veronica Roth, and Marie Lu.
After coming back from death as Reboots and being trained by HARC as soldiers, Wren and Callum have finally escaped north, where they hope to find a life of freedom. But when they arrive at the Reboot Reservation, it isn't what they expected. Under the rule of a bloodthirsty leader, Micah, the Reboots are about to wage an all-out war on the humans. Although Wren's instincts are telling her to set off into the wilderness on their own and leave the battle far behind, Callum is unwilling to let his human family be murdered. When Micah commits the ultimate betrayal, the choice is made for them. But Micah has also made a fatal mistake . . . he's underestimated Wren and Callum.

The explosive finale to the Reboot duology is full of riveting action and steamy love scenes as Wren and Callum become rebels against their own kind.


Review:

I read Reboot last june and I remember it being one of the most books I've been looking forward to based on description alone. Aside from the whole sudden change in Wren thing in book one, she acted completely different in less time than expected, the story was incredible. The premise of the story was inspired, the whole background story was well developed and I just appreciated the whole thing. Which is why I'd been looking forward to the sequel.

Rebel takes place right where Reboot left off with them finally finding the Reboot sanctuary, but obviously not everything is what it seems. Wren had turned from a scary assassin to the girl all the Reboots look up to based on the fact that she'd freed everyone in the Austin facility. Now the country is in complete havoc with two sides fighting again, but Wren is stuck in the middle and has no idea where her loyalties should lie. Especially since all she wants to do is just take Callum and run away just enough to make sure he's safe. She doesn't count on being drawn into this oncoming war whether she likes it or not.

I absolutely loved book one, the writing in particular was so incredible, I found myself finishing the book before I even noticed. The best part about this book was seeing it take place no only from Wren's point of view, but from Callum's as well. It's such an interesting contrast from the sweet pacifist who's more human than Reboot, and the emotionless trained killing machine. Yet in an odd way they compliment one another and help the other grow. I can't possibly explain how much I loved this book and how I am dying for more books by Amy Tintera right now!

Favorite Callum quotes:

Okay, maybe I was jealous. She'd looked at me like I was an alien at first, but now I was pretty sure she liked me. Well more than pretty sure. Mostly sure. As close as you can get to sure without being totally sure. She had left her "home" (prison) for me, and then risked her life and took down an entire HARC facility to save me. I thought that was like Wren's version of "I'm totally into you." I'd take it.

"I plan, you do the punching-people-in-the-face part. I like how this works."

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Bout of Books 10.0 Readathon & TBR

Hello guys! I haven't been updating much lately and thought to keep you guys in the loop on my goings on. I decided to join the Bout of Books 10.0 Readathon because my TBR pile (especially my review pile) is a little bit out of control and I need to do something about that.

Bout of Books
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 12th and runs through Sunday, May 18th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 10 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team


Here are the books I'm hoping to read during the readathon but they're not all set in stone or anything, I am prone to changing my mind a lot.


The Castle Behind Thorns - Merrie Haskell
The Rules for Breaking - Ashley Elston


We Were Liars - E. Lockhart
The Unbound - Victoria Schwab


Allegiant - Veronica Roth
Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins


Now, the Bout of Books readathon isn't the only challenge here, Kat from Katytastic and I have another one going on the side where we have to read at least 1000 pages in that readathon AND vlog every day about it on our channels. If you want to stay updated on my reading for this readathon you can add me on goodreads or subscribe to my youtube channel both you'll find on the sidebar at the right. Now this should definitely be interesting!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Review: Make it Count

Title: Make it Count
Author: Megan Erickson
ISBN: 006235339X
Book Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Release Date: June 3rd 2014
Publisher: William Morrow Impulse
Book Source: Edelweiss


Goodreads Synopsis:
Kat Caruso wishes her brain had a return policy, or at least a complaint hot-line. The defective organ is constantly distracted, terrible at statistics, and absolutely flooded with inappropriate thoughts about her boyfriend’s gorgeous best friend, Alec…who just so happens to be her brand new math tutor. Who knew nerd was so hot?
Kat usually goes through tutors like she does boyfriends—both always seem to bail when they realize how hopeless she is. It’s safer for her heart to keep everyone at arm’s reach. But Alec is always stepping just a little too close.
Alec Stone should not be fantasizing about Kat. She’s adorable, unbelievably witty, and completely off limits. He’d never stab his best friend in the back…
But when secrets are revealed, the lines of loyalty are blurred. To make it count, Alec must learn messy human emotions can’t be solved like a trigonometry function. And Kat has to trust Alec may be the first guy to want her for who she is, and not in spite of it.


Review:
I don't think I have a rational reason why I requested this book on edelweiss, especially since it sounded like another one of those betrayal books that make me run in the opposite direction. But I did, and I started reading it, and frankly it wasn't anything like I thought it would be.

Kat hates being called dumb, but she knows that's what everyone thinks of her. Her own parents are thankful she at least has the looks and have very low expectations of her, which frustrates her to no end, especially when she gets no reaction after telling them she was on academic probation. To top it all off, her new tutor is none other than her boyfriend's best friend Alex Stone, who she may be harboring an inappropriate crush towards. It doesn't help that Mr. Know It All is nicer than he seems, but she might be able to handle anyone else thinking she was dumb, except for him. 

What I really loved about this book was the fact that the betrayal wasn't the entire focus of the story, there's a whole chunk of it dedicated to Kat as she grew into her skin and tried to find herself without being defined by what others thought of her. That part was just damn incredible. Then there were parts about friendships and forgiveness, and letting things go. There's so much to this book than I'd initially thought, and I'm quite glad I got a chance to read it. The characters albeit a little flat sometimes were still very real, flawed and quite lovable. The pace of the story was great, the writing was smooth and the story itself went along quickly enough. I finished reading this book in mere hours and enjoyed every minutes of it.

I can't wait to read the second and third books in this series, I'm dying to know what happens with Max! He seemed like such a horrid character in this book, but he was never explored as thoroughly as I'd hoped - I'm guessing because he gets his own book. Either way, I know there's more to him, I just can't wait to find that out.

Rating: 4/5.

Wishlist Wednesday # 16 & Waiting on Wednesday # 15

This is one of those days where my pick works for both WW and WoW.


Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop hosted @ Pen to Paper where we will post about one book per week that has been on our wishlist for some time, or just added (it's entirely up to you), that we can't wait to get off the wishlist and onto our wonderful shelves.





"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted @ Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


I think I'll probably die waiting for this book to come out. It doesn't have a cover yet, but at least there's a title! Finally the end of this incredible trilogy is coming soon and I'm trying my best to not jump up and down impatiently demanding I get a copy soon. Alexandra Bracken is incredible, and so is this series.

In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken


Ruby can't look back. Fractured by an unbearable loss, she and the kids who survived the government's attack on Los Angeles travel north to regroup. With them is a prisoner: Clancy Gray, son of the president, and one of the few people Ruby has encountered with abilities like hers--someone so dangerous that Ruby alone has any power over him.




Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday # 6

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.
Each week they will post a new Top Ten list  that one of their bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.


This week's Top Ten Tuesday is: Top Ten Book Covers I'd Frame as Pieces of Art


1) Cinder by Marissa Meyer


2) The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin


3) Of Poseidon by Anna Banks


4)The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern


5) Mind Games by Kiersten White


6) MILA 2.0 by Debra Driza


7) 40 Things I Want to Tell You by Alice Kuipers


8) The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse


9) Transparent by Natalie Whipple


10) Choker by Elizabeth Woods










Friday, May 2, 2014

Review: Boys Like You

Title: Boys Like You
Author: Juliana Stone
ISBN: 1402291477 
Book Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Release Date: May 6th 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Book Source: NetGalley


Goodreads Synopsis:
One mistake.
And everything changes.
For Monroe Blackwell, one small mistake has torn her family apart –leaving her empty and broken. There’s a hole in her heart that nothing can fill. That no one can fill. And a summer in Louisiana with her Grandma isn’t going to change that…
Nathan Everets knows heartache first-hand when a car accident leaves his best friend in a coma. And it’s his fault. He should be the one lying in the hospital. The one who will never play guitar again. He doesn’t deserve forgiveness, and a court-appointed job at the Blackwell B&B isn’t going to change that…
Captivating and hopeful, this achingly poignant novel brings together two lost souls struggling with grief and guilt – looking for acceptance, so they can find forgiveness.


Review:

I'm going to be honest here: I picked this book on a whim. I don't know what I was expecting when I got around to reading it, all I know is that this book was nothing like I thought it would be, and ten times better.

Monroe and Nathan have both made mistakes in their lives, and they're both pretty damaged because of them. Monroe's family will never be the same because of hers, and Trevor's family is breaking because of his. They both find each other one fateful summer and find themselves strangely wanting to share with the other their shortcomings. But would that be enough to help them heal?

Like I said, this book was so much more than just a contemporary novel with flawed characters. It was about a journey both of them have to take in order to accept themselves after the mistakes they've made. It's a journey full of heartache, pain, tears, blame, acceptance and just learning how to be alive again; how to move on. I am not sure why but I've recently started falling in love with those type of stories, even though I hate being that emotionally tangled in a story. I was in this case, and kept worrying someone would come in and see me crying and think I was weird or something, but the characters were so real and relatable and I could just ache alongside them.  It felt so painfully real and raw.

I think this is one of the author's first attempts at Young Adult contemporary and I hope it's not the last. I loved her style in writing and I can't wait to read more from her. 

Here are a few of my favorite quotes:
"I used to think there was nothing. No one out there. No God." Her eyes squeezed shut. "Just nothing. But then I realized when you don't believe in anything anymore, what's the point of living? What's the point of…loving?"
I wasn't sure if I liked him or not. I mean, what kind of God lets shit like this happen to little boys? What kind of God lets someone like me get behind the wheel and destroy his best friend?"Shit," I muttered, wincing as a ray of light fell into the center of the maze again, hitting me in the face like a big FU.I guess it was his way of telling me that He didn't let any of us do anything. If we screwed up, it was on us. We had to own it. We could think. We could do.It was up to us to make the right choices, but maybe it was up to Him to help with the fallout.Maybe it was Him who had sent Monroe to me.
 There are things in this world that will never surprise you.Things that are absolute. The sun rises each morning and sets in the evening. No surprises there.The four seasons fall, one after the other. Again, no surprise.I've learned in my sixteen and  a half years that there are things that will surprise you because you don't see them coming. They can be hard, painful things, and it's those one that will live with you forever, bound to your soul in layers that grow thicker each year. Hopefully those layers will eventually dull the pain.There can also be awesome surprises. Again, ones you don't see coming, but when they find you, you wonder how you ever lived without them.
I've learned a lot since that summer. I've learned that tragedy can strike when you least expect it. That life can disappear. But I've also learned that life goes on. The world still turns. and every morning, the sun still rises. I learned that while pain and regret can burrow beneath your skin like a parasite, there is always hope.We just have to be patient and lucky enough to find it. Or if you're like me, it finds you. 

I hope you guys enjoy this book as much as I did!
Rating: 5/5!